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Catching some rays…
Catching some rays…
Edward Main

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Codorus State Park, PA
Date: Jul 5, 2009
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Vintage, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Jul 6, 2009

I saw this beauty while visiting Codorus Park with my family.

Converted from RAW
Denoised and sharpened
Topaz Adjust to balance exposure
Cloned out artifacts
Resized and saved for challenge.

Place: 306 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.3067
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.2261
Avg (non-participants): 5.5714
Views since voting: 467
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 150
Comments: 4
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08/10/2009 05:00:24 PM
Critique Club

Hi Edward, a beauty indeed, although to a non car person I don't really understand why it has a hole in it? Anyway - on to the photo itself.... ;)

First impressions
A colourful image with well controlled highlights and shadows and good focus.

After some consideration
Two of your commenters rightly mentioned the composition of your image. About a third of the image is taken up with tarmac, try some different crops to see how it works with less of it. The trouble will probably be that a crop like that will leave you with a long, not so high image that might not be that pleasing. Did you have a chance to get up close to the car, and did you have your 17-40mm lens with you? Lying on the ground with a 17mm lens with that lovely blue sky could get you some other cracking shots.
Still on composition, the car is 'looking' away from us which makes it seem a little unfriendly, you may have had limited access but including one or both head (or rear) lights gives you more of a 'face' to engage with. (It could well be that you captured the best view of this vehicle for a car lover, I'm just commenting as someone who isn't that into cars ;) )
Enough 'criticism', there's plenty that's good here, you've got a good focus, some great colours and you've used your post processing to tackle what I imagine was quite a contrasty image to give a nicely controlled balance, as I mentioned earlier.

A well executed image only let down by the composition.
Thank you for allowing me to spend more time with a car image than I normally would, maybe you could explain that hole to me :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2009 09:31:18 AM
nice vehicle
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08/01/2009 04:10:49 PM
I like it, but there is a lot of boring street/parking lot at the bottom. Maybe crop that out more next time?
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08/01/2009 10:47:29 AM
That's a cute little coupe...a thing to keep in mind when photographing cars, as with anything else, is to be mindful of what's going on in the background. For instance...the giant tree trunk that's growing up through the middle of the ride. Now I know you can't remove the tree trunk, and I don't know if this was a happened upon scene, or what the circumstances were. But even if it's a found car, meaning it's just parked there and you don't know who the owner is, there are so many ways to get some great shots like moving in closer or getting down low....really low. And if you do know the owner, or are the owner...just watch that background. This would be a pretty sweet shot without that darn tree!
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